June 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Perhaps no one has been more enamored of Washington Nationals' rookie slugger Bryce Harper than his fellow Nevadan, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid, a great lover of baseball, brings up Harper almost weekly in his press briefings on Capitol Hill, including Tuesday, when, in a display of pop-cultural proficiency, Reid popped off with "That's a clown question, bro" -- Harper's put-down gone viral -- when asked a political question on Capitol Hill. Reid was being questioned about the muted Republican response to President Obama's decision to allow young illegal immigrants a temporary reprieve at deportations, a policy that grew from the Dream Act. Mitt Romney, the presumed GOP presidential nominee, has yet to substantially address the issue, and fellow Republicans on Capitol Hill are largely holding their opinions until he does.
July 15, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid asserted his determination to end the use of the filibuster to block presidential appointments Monday, saying the change was needed to “save the Senate from becoming obsolete.” “This is really a moment in history when circumstances dictate the need for change,” the Nevada Democrat said in a morning speech at the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank. “All we want to do is what the Constitution says we should do. Filibusters are not part of the Constitution.” Reid's remarks represented a further escalation in his rhetoric in the dispute with the Senate's Republican minority over procedural maneuvers that have left a number of President Obama's choices to executive branch postings unconfirmed nearly a half year into his second term.
October 14, 2010 |
Reid's opening statement Finally! It's the closest, and most closely watched, race of the midterm elections, and now the long-awaited debate between the two virtually tied Senate candidates. This race has become a proxy for what is happening all over the country -- incumbents facing insurgents. In this case, it's Reid, the leader of Senate Democrats who is seeking his fifth term, versus Republican Angle, a former state legislator and darling of the "tea party" movement. Mitch Fox, host of Nevada Week in Review, is moderating in the studio of Vegas PBS. The candidates are standing at podiums.
August 2, 2013 |
Last month, the Senate moved back from the brink of the “nuclear option,” a parliamentary maneuver that would have allowed Democrats to confirm President Obama's executive branch nominees without amassing the 60 votes needed to break a filibuster. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid relented after Republicans agreed to allow votes on several Obama appointees. But now, Republicans are threatening to obstruct Obama's nominees to an important appeals court. If they persist in their obstructionism, Reid should open the briefcase with the launch codes.
January 14, 2010
Tripping over tongues Re "Reid's indelicate remarks also carry a lot of truth," Column, and "Remarks from past may hurt Reid's future," Jan. 11 I don't know what all the fuss is about -- Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) was just spouting what he believes is the truth. An African American friend, who came from a time and place in which racism was not only practiced but accepted, told me that during the racially tense 1960s, the only white guy he trusted to speak the truth was then-segregationist Alabama Gov. George Wallace.
November 2, 2010 |
Sen. Harry Reid strolled into Nevada Democratic Party headquarters just before lunch Tuesday to thank volunteers busily phoning voters who had yet to cast their ballots. He handed a small loaf of banana nut bread wrapped in yellow cellophane to Ruth Fuggins, though she wasn't exactly sure why. Fuggins, a 66-year-old retired bank supervisor, has been volunteering for the Democrat's campaign for about a year, but doesn't know Reid personally. Regardless, she was touched by the somewhat awkward gesture: Reid isn't a show boater and Fuggins appreciated that.
May 24, 2009 |
Well, now we for sure know why Nevada Sen. Harry "I Did Too Smile Once Back in High School" Reid is calling in the Big Guy for a grandiose fundraiser on Tuesday. A new statewide poll of 625 Nevadans confirms previous research that the four-term Democrat is not well-liked. In fact, he's downright disliked. Fully half the respondents think of him unfavorably. Only 38% think of him positively; 11% didn't care, according to the survey by Mason-Dixon for the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
January 10, 2010 |
Is this the gaffe that will haunt Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid? The Nevada Democrat -- who, over the years, has called Alan Greenspan a hack, Washington tourists smelly and President George W. Bush a liar -- was pummeled by Republicans on Sunday for impolitic comments about President Obama's potential for winning the White House. In their book "Game Change," authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann say Reid described then-candidate Obama as a "light-skinned" African American "with no Negro dialect" whom many voters would embrace.
December 24, 2009 |
Rahm Emanuel was agitated. With only seven weeks until Christmas, the opportunity to pass healthcare legislation seemed to be fading. The White House chief of staff feared that if the Senate left for the holiday without passing a bill, President Obama's top domestic priority would wither as lawmakers turned to other concerns next year. Democratic senators and administration officials gathered in a conference room outside Majority Leader Harry Reid's Capitol office. Emanuel wanted to know: Was there a chance the chamber could still act in time?